Marker Challenge

Hi Team!

So I am a bit stuck working with some markers.
We have two challenges we have been unsuccessful in solving.

1. How do you force someone to listen to 100% of the audio on each marker before being a able to click another marker?
- We want maintain user autonomy in being able to click on markers in the order they desire.

2. How do you autoadvance to the next slide after all of the markers have been listened to?
- We have been unable to do this and thus have thrown in the detestable NEXT button.

The attached file is a sample of two slides that must meet the same requirements. I haven't played with the second slide yet until solving the first one. This is the 3rd or 4th iteration of the first slide.

I am grateful for any direction/help you are able to offer.
Thanks in advance!

11 Replies
Thor Melicher
Philip Deer

Hi Thor,

Thanks for your reply. However, that's not the issue I am having. I read through the linked threads and it doesn't solve what I am looking for.

What I need is:
1....for all markers to be unclickable/disabled while the audio on one is playing.

2...100% completion required for all audio on all markers before being allowed to move to the next slide.

3...autonomy to be left in tact for users to click whichever marker they desire in whichever order they please.

4...the slide to auto-advance when all audio for all markers is 100% complete. At the moment I am using a NEXT button and am trying to remove all NEXT buttons from all courses when possible,.

Thanks in advance!

Ray Handley

Hi Philip,

You can certainly do step 1 and 3, but to achieve 2 and 4 would require the use of triggers and variables. If the audio is placed within a marker you do not have access to trigger events based on that audio. All of what you want could be achieved using shapes/images that mirror the look of the markers and abandon using markers. Then you would have complete control over the audio, the variables and triggers to achieve the result you are after. What specific functionality do you need from the markers? If just to play audio then I would use shapes/images and a click-reveal with audio sitting on the layers to do this. Then just trigger the events you need to happen using states and information captured in variables.

Philip Deer

Thank you, Ray!

I don't really need anything from the markers. I haven't actually found them helpful in any courses thus far. I was exploring them here but they didn't work out once again.

I already abandoned them and started making shapes and layers with triggers. Almost done.
Thanks for confirming that was the best route for what I need. I wasn't sure so this is helpful.

 

Ray Handley

Hi Philip,

I created a sample using another project I have been working on. Here's a link: https://360.articulate.com/review/content/371422d9-8da7-418a-bb1f-77b8ed449ede/review. Let me know if this is what you had in mind and I'll send you the Story File. Put simply, you have to leverage the power of states, layers, triggers, and variables to make this work well.

Cheers,
Ray

Ray Handley

Hi Philip. No worries. I played with your first slide and got it to do what you need - removed the detestable NEXT button. See attached. You can then replicate that approach for your second slide. I would suggest you don't have a menu if you want the learner to interact with your content in this way.

Philip Deer

Thank you, Ray!
I am grateful you took the time to correct this. This is perfect.

I'm studying the setup and noticed the trigger on the main slide that stops the intro audio when the user clicks the duration marker. This assumes they will click that one first. If they click a different one first would I simply need to add this same trigger to each of the other markers as well to avoid multiple audios playing at once?

In all likelihood, they'll probably click that one first, but no guarantee especially on the second slide that has nine markers spread out over the slide. 

Philip Deer

Hi Ray,

So, I've tried duplicating what you did and have come to a point where I am stuck.
It all works amazing except I cannot figure out how to make the markers disabled/unclickable while it switches layers.

In the file you sent me, when on other layers the markers show up and the one that has been clicked shows as visited whilst none of them are clickable.

On the slide I am applying this to, the markers are all visible and clickable on the layers even though they only exist on the base layer.
How were you able to solve for this?

Thanks in advance!

Ray Handley

Hi Philip,

Sorry, I thought I would be notified when this thread has an update but alas I didn't. Glad you found the solution. There are many ways to skin this cat. Preventing base layer click was the quickest solution for this scenario, but not always suitable. Alternatively, you could have used triggers to turn items from hidden to normal. Attached my sample Storyline to help out with options here.

Cheers,

Ray